Wayne Andrew Johnson peacefully entered into final rest, with his beloved wife and son by his side, on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wayne was born on Dec. 18, 1942 in Kenora, Ont. to Rose Marie and Olaf Johnson of Sioux Narrows, Ont. Wayne was the fourth child of six born to Rose Marie and Olaf.
In Wayne's younger years, he lived and attended school in Sioux Narrows. From a young child and into adulthood, he worked on the family fishery at French Portage on Lake of the Woods.
Wayne excelled at working with small engines and worked for a time for his brother, John Johnson, at Nestor Falls Marine.
On April 6, 1968, Wayne married his sweetheart, Irene Teeple. On May 21, 1971, Wayne and Irene welcomed their son, Wayne Olaf Johnson Jr. They built their forever home from the ground up in 1973 along Highway 71 in Nestor Falls, Ont.
Wayne found work in the tourism industry by guiding and working at various camps. He also cut wood and worked in the bush for a number of years. In his later years, Wayne enjoyed doing various odd jobs like cutting grass and building things for people.
He also found entertainment with an occasional trip to the casino.
Affectionately known to family and friends as “Big Wayne,” he will be forever missed by his loving wife, Irene Johnson; son, Wayne Johnson Jr. (Allison Cox); foster son, Paul Roussy; sisters, Adeline Johnson (Bill), Julie Treadway (Ted), Beverly Johnson (Bill), and Kathy Bennett (Bruce); sisters-in-law, Alwine Teeple (Jim), Lisa Teeple (Gary), Alice Croswell (Raynard), and Maxine Irvine (Joe); brothers-in-law, Doug Teeple (Vesta), Bob Teeple (Ruth), and Allan Teeple (Shirley); as well as countless nieces and nephews and friends.
Wayne was predeceased by his parents, Rose Marie and Olaf Johnson; brother, John Johnson; sister-in-law, Margaret Ann Johnson; and brothers-in-law, Jim Teeple and Gary Teeple.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations can be made to the Emo Hospital Auxiliary or the Tamarack House in Thunder Bay c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.
As per Wayne's wishes, there will be no formal funeral.
A gathering for family and close friends will be held at a later date.